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The Venous Institute of Buffalo specializes in all aspects of venous health. With a focus on providing compassionate and comprehensive care, Dr. Vasquez is nationally and internationally recognized for his expertise, teaching, and research in the treatment of venous insufficiency. Whether you’re suffering from painful varicose veins, embarrassed by unsightly spider veins, at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis, or in need of care for other venous disorders, contact The Venous Institute of Buffalo and let Dr. Vasquez and staff put their experience and expertise to work for you.

Your first appointment at The Venous Institute of Buffalo will start with a fact-finding mission, where your history and symptoms will be reviewed. You will be asked to complete several health questionnaires that will be referenced during your comprehensive evaluation. Depending on your condition and diagnosis, one or more conservative or corrective treatment options will be recommended.

Typically patients with a documented medical problem or a positive result from an ultrasound scan will usually receive reimbursement for a percentage of the treatment cost from their insurance provider. Cosmetic treatments are generally not covered by insurance. The Venous Institute of Buffalo is on par with many insurance providers and HMO’s and will work with you to ensure you receive the most reimbursement possible.

When you arrive for your procedure there is some paperwork to complete. You will meet with Dr. Vasquez before getting started. Once the procedure is underway, it takes approximately 20 to 40 minutes to complete. After the procedure is complete, you may be asked to remain lying down for 15-20 minutes. From start to end you can expect to be in the office for about one hour.

Most patients return to work the next day – although some patients do opt to go back to work on the same day as their procedure. This mostly depends on the nature of your job and may be discussed specifically with us when you are here.

Yes! We want you to be up, active and walking from the day of your procedure. You may resume most activities immediately following your procedure, with the exception of very heavy lifting and vigorous aerobic exercise. We request that you wait 3-5 days before returning to vigorous exercise.

The follow-up ultrasound examination will be scheduled in approximately 1 week after your procedure. You may not fly and are advised against taking long car journeys until after this ultrasound is completed. When you are cleared to travel, we recommend the use of your graduated compression stockings during travel as this helps minimize blood clotting risk associated with long-distance travel.

No. For a variety of reasons, treatments are confined to one leg at a time, usually scheduled several days apart.

Most patients notice an improvement in their overall leg symptoms within the first 1-2 weeks. This will depend somewhat on the extent of your vein disease and the results you are hoping to obtain. It takes up to 3-4 months to see maximum improvement.

The veins that we treat should remain closed in the long term. However, there is no “cure” for venous reflux disease. Other veins and other symptoms may develop in other areas of the leg over time. There are things that you can do to optimize the results of treatment, and these can be discussed at the time of your visit.

Additional Information

Please visit Phlebology.org to learn more about varicose veins and vein treatments.

To Our Valued Patients:

Like the rest of the world, we have been keenly monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is an unprecedented time in history that leaves us with great uncertainty. As we fight this pandemic, we want to reassure you that Dr. Michael Vasquez and Venous Institute of Buffalo will remain open and ready to meet your emergent healthcare needs. We were here for you before COVID-19, we are here now, and we will be here after COVID-19 is contained.

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 our offices have implemented enhanced safety measures so that we can minimize the risk of infection. We will take every precaution available to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy.

Telemedicine (telephone or video visit) is a safe way to obtain a consultation/appointment for all patients. Our staff has been reaching out to reschedule non-urgent appointments. The need for an in-person office appointment and/or ultrasound will be determined by Dr. Vasquez or one of our Physician Assistants by way of Telemedicine.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please DO NOT travel outside your home. Please call your Primary Care Physician so that he/she may tell you how to proceed.

All patients who are required to come to the office will be screened prior to their visit to ensure that they have not developed any symptoms related to COVID-19.

Most importantly, please make sure you continue to follow ALL guidelines set forth by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). By helping do your part by practicing social distancing, proper health and hygiene we can contain the spread of this pandemic.

On behalf of Dr. Vasquez, thank you for doing your part to keep yourself, your family and our community safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing you soon!